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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-26178
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Hearings Held by Administrative Appeals Judges of the Appeals Council
Document Number: 2020-23856
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are revising our rules to clarify when and how administrative appeals judges (AAJ) on our Appeals Council may hold hearings and issue decisions. The Appeals Council already has the authority to hold hearings and issue decisions under our existing regulations, but we have not exercised this authority or explained the circumstances under which it would be appropriate for the Appeals Council to assume responsibility for holding a hearing and issuing a decision. This final rule will ensure the Appeals Council is not limited in the type of claims for which it may hold hearings. We expect that this rule will increase our adjudicative capacity when needed, and allow us to adjust more quickly to fluctuating short-term workloads, such as when an influx of cases reaches the hearing level. Our ability to use our limited resources more effectively will help us quickly optimize our hearings capacity, which in turn will allow us to issue accurate, timely, high-quality decisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-24479
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2021
Document Number: 2020-23442
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 1.3 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2020. In addition, the national average wage index for 2019 is $54,099.99. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-23376
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). Under this matching program, OCSE will provide SSA the quarterly wage (QW) information from the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH) for the administration of Title II Disability Insurance (DI). The computer matching agreement governs the use, treatment, and safeguarding of the information exchanged. SSA will use the QW information to establish or verify eligibility, continuing entitlement, or payment amounts, or all of the above, of individuals under the DI program.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-23268
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). This matching program sets forth the terms, safeguards, and procedures under which RRB, as the source agency, will disclose RRB annuity payment data to SSA, the recipient agency. SSA will use the information to verify Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Special Veterans Benefits (SVB) eligibility and benefit payment amounts. SSA will also record the railroad annuity amounts RRB paid to SSI and SVB recipients in the Supplemental Security Income Record (SSR).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-22972
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-22577
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Under this matching program, the IRS will disclose IRS return information to SSA to administer benefits to qualified aged, blind and disabled individuals.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-22297
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Requiring Electronic Submission of Evidence by Certain Claimant Representatives
Document Number: 2020-21574
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with our rules, we are announcing a new requirement for representatives who request direct fee payment. A representative must submit all evidence electronically in claims for Social Security disability insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), and claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments based on disability under title XVI of the Act, if the representative requests direct fee payment on that claim; the claim or case has an electronic folder; and the claim is pending at the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) or the Appeals Council. We expect electronic submission of this evidence will benefit claimants, representatives, and the Social Security Administration by improving our administrative efficiency and workload management, both during our COVID-19 health protocols and beyond.
Charging Standard Administrative Fees for Non-Program Information
Document Number: 2020-21520
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On August 22, 2012, we announced in the Federal Register a schedule of standard administrative fees we charge to the public. We charge these fees to recover our full costs when we provide information and related services for non-program purposes. We are announcing an update to the previously published schedule of standard administrative fees. The updated standard fee schedule is part of our continued effort to standardize fees for non-program information requests. Standard fees provide consistency and ensure we recover the full cost of supplying information when we receive a request for a purpose not directly related to the administration of a program under the Social Security Act (Act).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-21180
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-20299
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2020-20176
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-20047
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-18943
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 2020-18898
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for processing and handling summonses and complaints in lawsuits involving judicial review of our final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act), and individual claims for a Medicare Part D subsidy under title XVIII of the Act. This notice sets out the names and current addresses of those offices and the jurisdictions for which each office has responsibility.
Waiver of Recovery of Certain Overpayment Debts Accruing During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period
Document Number: 2020-18834
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are issuing this interim final rule with request for comments to revise our regulations on how we waive the recovery of certain overpayment debts. We will apply this interim final rule when an affected beneficiary requests waiver of certain overpayment debts that accrued during a portion of the COVID-19 pandemic period. Under this rule, we may waive recovery of these overpayment debts using a streamlined internal process. Since the overpayment debts at issue occurred because of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 national public health emergency, we can assume that these debts are not the fault of the affected beneficiaries due directly to our strategic decision to reprioritize workloads to stop manually processing certain actions, and it would be against equity and good conscience to collect them. In particular, qualifying overpayment debts include those incurred between March 1 to September 30, 2020 that we did not manually process as a result of our cession of certain activities, and that we identified by December 31. We expect that this interim final rule will allow us to maintain effective stewardship of the Social Security programs, while simultaneously ensuring that affected beneficiaries are not disadvantaged by our actions during this unprecedented national public health emergency.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-18306
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-18290
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Improved Agency Guidance Documents
Document Number: 2020-17878
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule explains our process for issuing guidance documents under Executive Order (E.O.) 13891, ``Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents.'' We will follow this process when we issue future guidance documents that meet the criteria set forth in the E.O. and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) guidance on the E.O.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-18033
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Public Availability of Social Security Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Service Contract Inventory
Document Number: 2020-17816
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, we are publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY 2018 Service Contract inventory. This inventory provides information on FY 2018 service contract actions over $25,000. We organized the information by function to show how we distribute contracted resources throughout the agency. We developed the inventory in accordance with guidance issued on December 19, 2011 by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP's guidance is available at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/omb/ procurement/memo/service-contract-inventory-guidance.pdf. You can access the inventory and summary of the inventory on our homepage at the following link: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/sci.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-17207
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of the TreasuryInternal Revenue Services (IRS). This computer matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which IRS will disclose to SSA certain return information for the purpose of establishing the correct amount of Medicare Part B premium subsidy adjustments and Medicare Part D premium increases.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-16666
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-31
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-16361
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-16144
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administrarion (VBA).
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-16143
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records, the Anti- Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records System (60-0380), last published on December 2, 2016. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-15766
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-13583
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Information Collection; Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)
Document Number: 2020-12448
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
As part of the Administration's commitment to improving customer service delivery, the following proposed Information Collection Request ``Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)'' is pending at the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration will submit it to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) within 30 days from the date of this notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-12147
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-12067
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Electronic Disability Claim File (60-0320), hereinafter referred to as the eDib Claim File, last published on December 22, 2003. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Extension of Expiration Dates for Three Body System Listings
Document Number: 2020-10506
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Low Birth Weight and Failure to Thrive, Endocrine Disorders, and Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases). We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-09580
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-09074
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Parking Management Record System, 60-0230, last published in full January 11, 2006. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-08927
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-07347
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). OCSE will provide SSA with quarterly wage and unemployment insurance information located in the National Directory of New Hires to allow SSA to determine eligibility of applicants for Extra Help (low-income subsidy assistance) under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. This agreement assists SSA in determining eligibility of applicants for Extra Help; redetermining eligibility of existing Extra Help beneficiaries during periodic screening, and administering the Extra Help program.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-07183
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-06277
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Information Collection; Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)
Document Number: 2020-05636
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
As part of the Administration's commitment to improving customer service delivery, the following proposed Information Collection Request ``Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)'' is pending at the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration will submit it to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.) within 60 days from the date of this notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-04807
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 20-01p: How We Determine an Individual's Education Category
Document Number: 2020-04668
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 20-01p. This Ruling explains how we determine an individual's education category in adult disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 2020-04246
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for processing and handling summonses and complaints in lawsuits involving judicial review of our final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act), and individual claims for a Medicare Part D subsidy under title XVIII of the Act. This notice sets out the names and current addresses of those offices and the jurisdictions for which each office has responsibility.
Announcing Our Guidance Document Portal
Document Number: 2020-04177
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice announces our new guidance document portal established under Executive Order 13891, ``Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents'' (E.O. 13891) and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) memorandum, M-20-02, ``Guidance Implementing Executive Order 13891, Titled 'Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents.' ''
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-03847
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-03669
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rescission of Social Security Acquiescence Ruling 86-3(5)
Document Number: 2020-03201
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(2), 404.985(e)(4) and 416.1485(e)(4), the Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Acquiescence Ruling (AR) 86-3(5).
Removing Inability To Communicate in English as an Education Category
Document Number: 2020-03199
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are finalizing our proposed regulations to eliminate the education category ``inability to communicate in English'' when we evaluate disability claims for adults under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). This education category is no longer a useful indicator of an individual's educational attainment or of the vocational impact of an individual's education because of changes in the national workforce since we adopted the current rule more than 40 years ago. We expect that these revisions will help us better assess the vocational impact of education in the disability determination process.
Extension of Expiration Dates for Three Body System Listings
Document Number: 2020-03243
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Special Senses and Speech, Hematological Disorders, and Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.